PLAY TO DRINK AND DRINK TO PLAY
Drinking card games have been popular since early civilization. It makes sense; humans love two things, games and alcohol and it should surprise no one that they love them together. Though, it can be hard to find good drinking card games, as sometimes there’s too much drinking to game ratio or vice versa. The best drinking card games are the ones where there’s just enough game to keep you entertained while not being so complicated that drunk you can’t keep up.
One of the best things about card games for drinking is that they usually do follow along with similar guidelines and rules so after learning a few many will build off similar ideas. Playing card drinking games, again can be a hassle the first few times and you may realize half-way through you’ve been playing all wrong, but cut yourself a break, you are actively trying to get drunk after all.
For the drinking card games, I’m listing below you’ll need alcohol, at least one friend (or more), and no plans for tomorrow.
OUR TOP DRINKING CARD GAMES
Toepen is a 3-person drinking card game that can be played with up to 8 people. It is a trick-taking card game. Each player is dealt a hand of cards and the person left of the dealer starts the first trick. All following players must follow suit if possible and the person who plays the highest-ranking card wins the trick. All players who didn’t win, lose a life. The game is played till a player loses 10 lives. This person buys a round for all other players and a new game starts.
This 3-player drinking card game is also be played with gambling, but instead of money, you gamble lives. During a trick, a player may knock and increase the bid by one life. Other players may then fold, continue playing or increase the bid.
King’s Cup is a two-person drinking card game. It can be played with more players. It is the only two-player drinking game on this list and one of the only card drinking games for 2 I’ve ever played.
King’s cup is unusual from other 2 player drinking card games because each card has a different rule associated with it. Some examples being: Ace typically means waterfall. This means all players drink and don’t stop till the person who drew the card does, then the person to their left may stop and so on. Another example is Jack which involves the players playing a quick round of Never Have I Ever.
Ride the Bus is one of the drinking card games for 4 on my list and can be played with up to eight players. It is also a pyramid card drinking game, but that describes better the second half of the game.
In Ride the Bus, players play a series of four rounds to get dealt a hand of four cards. Players guess certain parameters their card may fall under and if they are wrong the drink. Parameters may include things like: red or black, higher or lower and so on and so forth.
The second half of the game is building a pyramid. The pyramid is built face down and while being flipped players may place cards matching flipped values to give other player drinks. Once the pyramid is built the player with the most cards in hand is the loser and must ride the bus, meaning answering the questions used in the first half of the game until they get all questions correct. If they get one wrong, they must drink and start over.
Horserace is a drinking card game with no limitations on players. A standard deck of cards is used to set up a horse race. The Aces are the horses in this drinking card game and the remaining cards are used to determine the winner of the race. The players bet on which ace they think will win using numbers of drinks they want to give out. Winners give out double that number while losers drink half their wager plus any additional drinks were given to them by the winner.
Up and Down the River is one of my favorite fun drinking card games. This drinking card game is playable with 6 or more players, and even the dealer gets to participate in this game. Each player is dealt 4 cards face up and then cards are flipped this is called going up the river. You drink an increasing number of drinks for each flip. For example, on the first flip players will drink one drink if they have a card that matches rank with the revealed one.
President is a drinking card game for 4 to 7 players. The goal of the game is to not be the last person with cards in hand. Players take turns starting with the current President who plays a pair of matching cards. Players then try to beat this with a higher-ranking pair of cards or pass their turn. Once all players pass, cards are removed from the table ad the next round is started by the person to play the last pair in the previous round. The scum is the last person who has cards in their hand. They buy a round for the table and must give up their best card to the new president.
Blind Squirrel is a drinking game which uses both cards and dice. Drinks are distributed based upon a players ability to guess what card will be drawn and how the dice will roll. To play Blind Squirrel one needs beer, hard liquor, 54 card deck (52 cards + jokers), dice, and the ability to hold your liquor as well as shotgun a beer alone without shame. Have all active players gather around a table with the cards and dice. The alcohol should be within arm’s length.
Drinking card games are some of the best games to play with a group of friends. They’re easy-going and lighthearted and can lead to some seriously fun or really embarrassing memories. A drinking card game can take a boring night of drinks to an exciting new level and usually ends with everyone having a good time. As with any fun activity though, please partake in it with responsibility. Know your limits, and if you find yourself needing to cool down for an hour or two try out some of our other great games on our website.